Reducing Stress

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Meditation Isn’t What I Thought it Was

I’ve tried meditation off and on for over a decade, but hadn’t been able to make a consistent practice stick. I’m not certain what’s different about now, but something is.

This meditation practice started when I read 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He’s a successful, competitive, cynical, sometimes hard-edged reporter for ABC who, after having an on-air panic attack, turned to meditation. I liked him instantly because he didn’t approach meditation with a “group hug in the harmony hut” mentality.  I could relate to him.

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thanksgiving stress

Why I Gave Up the Idea of a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and if Hallmark and Butterball have anything to do with expectations, the day will be filled with group hugs, perfect food, artful decorations and so much joy that the family home emits a glow you can see from space. Maybe that’s your lived experience but it’s not mine.

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Everybody Needs a Performance Review (even big shots)

There’s a way to handle performance reviews that makes them useful and energizing. This format provides a simple way to track performance throughout the year by making it a regular practice. I recommend going through this process at least once per month so the information stays top of mind.

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civility in the workplace

Is Civility in the Workplace in Trouble?

I brought up politics over cocktails and here’s what happened.

It was an experiment.

Pretty certain that the guy I was meeting with was on the other side of the political spectrum, I asked him what he thought about the election. Over the next half hour we had a spirited discussion about the players, major political issues and the state of the country. It got tens

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The No-Nonsense Guide To Ditching Time Management Stress

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